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  1. My mother made them every year for Christmas. They are delicious, especially dipped for a second in a cup of tea. If anyone would care to make them, they're very simple and all the ingredients are readily available at Lakeside. If you can't find whole wheat flour, you can use all purpose. https://www.curiouscuisiniere.com/pfeffernusse/
  2. If you Google "unable to delete desktop photo windows 10" (no quotes needed), that should do it. Welcome to Chapala.com, ballbabe.
  3. If you fly into Toluca, you'll want to make sure there's a shuttle into the city. There used to be one from Toluca Airport to the World Trade Center here, check for it. Then you'll still need either a taxi or an Uber to wherever you'll be staying. You're adding another more or less 2 hours onto your trip. IMHO, faster and easier to fly into Mexico City--look at the Interjet schedule out of GDL. There's a flight just about every hour of the morning, till 10:00AM, and then a flight just about every hour after 3:00PM.
  4. Another vote for the Red Tree House. It's a fantastic B&B, and if you want to stay there, book NOW--they are always full. Such a lovely place to stay. The hosts are wonderful, the clients are always interesting, and the breakfasts are delicious. Re a tour guide: I know just the man for you, if you want his contact info let me know. Mexican, 100% bilingual, knows everything you would want to know about architecture, history, religious art, the city itself, and then some.
  5. Does the trio Los Flamingos still play at Lakeside? They are so wonderful...
  6. If you want charming, historic, mid-downtown Puebla--in the antiques district--I'd pick El Mesón de la Sacristía. A little funky, but more shabby-chic, and just delightful. Courtyard restaurant for breakfast... http://mesones-sacristia.com/espanol/english/index.php
  7. Mudgirl, you taught me something new! Thanks, I didn't know that.
  8. Pan Bimbo brand packaged thin rather than puffy buns for hamburgers or other sandwiches.
  9. The temporary import permit for a car is never for 10 years. For a motor home, yes.
  10. As far as I know, every name in Mexico has a standard nickname. More for the list: Guillermo=Memo Francisco=Pancho or Paco Ignacio=Nacho Cuauhtémoc=Temo Alondra=Alo (Alondra means lark--beautiful name from a telenovela) Rosario=Chayo Graciela=Chela Soledad=Chole Antonia=Toña Cristina=Cristy Antonio=Toño Gabriel=Gabo Manuel=Meño Alberto, Norberto, Roberto=all usually Beto etc etc Consider nicknames in your home country--not nicknames like "Shorty" or "Curly", but the standard nicknames that you immediately would call someone if you know his/her actual name. For example, most men in the USA named Robert are Bob or Bobby. Most men named Thomas are Tom or Tommy. Most men named William are Bill. You can think of many more examples without thinking too hard. It's the same in Mexico; standardized nicknames for most first names. IMHO, Mexico's nicknames like these are based on baby talk. Before a toddler can say Tío Guillermo, he can say Tío Memo. Before that toddler can say Tía Rosario, she can say Tía Chayo. Again IMHO, the pronunciation of these sorts of nicknames approximates what the child hears and what he or she can pronounce. Nicknames based on a Mexican person's physical attributes are different: you all know "El Chapo"--the short guy. Short people are also affectionately called "Chaparrito"--little short guy or woman. Pecosito or Pecosita is Freckles. Mercedes Sosa, one of the most famous and dearly loved singers in Argentina (QEPD), was always known as La Negra, as was a Mexican singer, Toña La Negra. The list goes on, depending on the person's physical attributes. Same in the USA: Shorty (for a short person), Stretch (for a tall person), etc. Then there are special nicknames given by the family, with no standard explanation.
  11. Sounds like a great trip, Dennis. Seven hours from Lakeside to Mexico City, then six southeast to Oaxaca. Should be beautiful. Be sure to keep checking to see if there is any trouble--teachers' strike, etc--in Oaxaca for when you want to be there. It's been pretty difficult recently, hard to know when or if it will calm down.
  12. Thanks for the correction!
  13. Excuse me, snowyco, but you didn't post any of this information in your earlier posts. You only posted incorrect information about where the new minimum wage would be paid. CYA all you want with big bold letters, but the facts of your earlier posts are still incorrect.
  14. Mike, it takes two seconds in the blender. I make it. You can buy small quantities of those common spices (a stick of cinnamon, some cloves, some coriander seed, a little cumin, even cardamom--in bulk at your local spice store--Gossips?--or at any tianguis. In Mexico, I have never had the need to buy a branded jar of any spice. Canela, clavos, comino, semillas de cilantro, y cardamomo, for the Spanish-challenged.
  15. As of October 2015 the system of different salaries (including minimum wage) in different parts of the country was removed. Prior to October 1, 2015, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and other cities had different minimum wages divided into several zones. THAT SYSTEM NO LONGER EXISTS. You can check it by going to the posted link to the Tabla de Salarios Mínimos page. Look at the listing for April 2015, where the different zones are shown, and then look at the listing for October 1, 2015--where they are gone and instead the site says, AREA GEOGRÁFICA ÚNICA at the top of the right-hand column. The information posted by Snowyco aka Yucalandia is completely incorrect. The original article, posted by in Spanish by Televisa News, does not mention anything about the minimum wage in Mexico City. I read it twice to make sure. It is entirely about the minimum wage in the whole country. Sheesh. Talk about spreading rumors and erroneous information.
  16. If you can't find it, you can make it--better, cheaper, and the easiest thing in the world. All you need is a blender. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/142967/easy-garam-masala/
  17. Bajabrady, although I currently live in Mexico City, I lived in Ajijic from 1999 to about 2005. The fiestas patronales lasted nine days since long before I got there back then--the nine days are based on the Roman Catholic tradition of the novena, the nine days of prayers and pilgrimages prior to a major saint's feast day, terminating ON the feast day--and they're nine days now. They were loud then--and they're loud now. There were bands and cohetes and carnival rides, food and drink stands (the name is terrazas) then, and there is all of that now. This is not a recent phenomenon, it's part of Ajijic's history and tradition. When I lived there, one year more than 7000 cohetes were fired off during one 24-hour period. The whole town was scandalized, and I'm sure that now there are more! What has happened is that the gremios (similar to workers' unions) who each sponsor a day and night of the festivities have more funds now than ever. As I suggested in my other post, if you go to Templo San Andrés, you'll find a list of which gremio is sponsoring which day/night's events. Look for the day of the albañiles--the masons. They have traditionally had more available funds than the other gremios, so they fire off more cohetes, have the biggest and loudest bands, and burn the most enormous castillos at the end of the gremio's night. The band you heard practicing isn't a volunteer band so dedicated that it practiced on a holiday; it was hired by the sponsoring gremio for yesterday's start of festivities and was doing a sound check and final practice. The counting was undoubtedly the leader's keeping time. San Andrés is the patron saint of both Ajijic and of fishermen. Ajijic at one time was a major fishing town. Hence the connection. There are celebrations for many saints (Ajijic just finished the MONTH of the Virgen del Rosario), but when the saint is the santo patrón of the town, the festival is always more intense. Just about every town in Mexico has a santo patrón, with that saint's accompanying nine-day fiesta. You're going to experience the same thing between December 3 and December 12, with the novena leading up to the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the country of Mexico's patron virgin. Try hard not to romanticize the origins of the festival, and don't believe everything you hear about why this or why that. Cohetes for a saint's festival aren't about a battle between towns. One legend is that they are fired off before the dawn processions to wake the angels. Listen for those processions; you'll hear the participants singing in the streets (every day from a different part of town) as they process toward Templo San Andrés. This and masses during the day are the religious and spiritual parts of the festivities. The party is at night, and it's for sure where you'll want to be.
  18. Bajabrady, this is the annual Fiestas Patronales--the celebration of Ajijic's patron saint, San Andrés. The nine days of festivities are called a 'novena'--literally means 9 days. The festival starts on Nov 22, the feast day of St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, and ends on the 30th, the feast day of San Andrés (St. Andrew). If you take a walk over to Templo San Andrés, the parish church a block from the plaza, you'll see his statue over the altar. Like Jesus, San Andrés was crucified--but his cross was in the shape of an X. This 9-day festival has been going on for years and years, with bands every night, castillos (huge fireworks displays), food stands on the plaza and on the street leading up to the church, morning and evening parades, carnival rides on the streets around the plaza, and lots lots lots of revelry and noise. Cohetes start before dawn and finish at midnight. Someone posted that this year the festival has been extended for a day, starting tonight! Don't miss a minute, it's so much fun.
  19. RV, Aladino no longer exists. Permanently closed.
  20. There is Chedraui and then there is Chedraui Selecto. My experience has been that the Chedraui Selecto is a much better store than the regular Chedraui and also better than Mega.
  21. If you have your aljibe cleaned every year, it wouldn't contaminate your tinaco. When I lived in Ajijic, back in the dark ages, my tinaco was made of asbestos and I didn't have an aljibe. You're right about Rotoplas. It's rare to see a different brand.
  22. I think any day would be fine. Bear in mind that you're unlikely to find any artisan stores in the town. You'll be approached by little kids asking, "Quieren ver figuras?" as you drive into the village. The kids will run ahead of you to guide you to their mother's home, their aunt's workshop, etc. Tip the kid 5 pesos for being your guide. You can deposit MY tip to my bank. Jajaja! There are some extraordinary potters in Ocumicho and some who are just okay. Unless you see something fabulous at the first house you visit, look at several potters' workshops and buy what you think is best. Camille is right, I forgot about the snakes. They're wonderful.
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